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There are lots of things happening in the village so please see the Events and Activities page.

Financial Support for Pension-age Residents

Green Space for Everyone

We developed a Green Infrastructure Strategy in 2021. Part of that was an Equalities Impact Assessment to think about how different people have different experiences of green space.

We don’t know enough about how you use and think about green spaces so we want to ask some questions.

Download it here

West of England Construction Summit 2022

Join us and other construction professionals to widen your knowledge of the future and growth of the industry.

West of England Construction Summit 2022 Tickets, Wed 11 May 2022 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Date and time

Wed, 11 May 2022
09:30 – 13:00 BST

Location

City Hall, Bristol City Council
City Hall, College Green
Bristol
BS1 5TR
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Free STAR Bereavement Peer Support Training

This is a reminder about the forthcoming STAR Bereavement Peer Support Training.  This FREE evening course starts on Thursday 28th April 2022.  

Supported by ‘Connecting Communities’ (under the umbrella of Age UK Bristol) and based on the STAR model, this free training guides local residents and community workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over.

Please can you help to share this information far and wide in order to spread the word across these areas and engage interest from ‘enablers’ (i.e. community workers, outreach workers, ‘go-getters’ – motivated residents).

Support available

We are offering a free training programme to guide people through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in a way that is sustainable and does not rely on funding, using an Asset Based Community Development approach (ABCD).

The training is based on the successful model of the STAR (Share, Talk and Remember) bereavement peer-support group in Stockwood in Bristol which provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life. The course will be delivered by Jan Perry, STAR Network Co-ordinator & Freelance Trainer.

The training will embed the core principles of the original STAR group to create a network of STAR bereavement peer-support groups which are self-sustaining, have strong foundations and are led by local residents.

The course is particularly aimed at local residents who are interested in setting up a bereavement peer-support group in their local neighbourhood and community workers who can support them with this. Please do share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

About the training course

The free training course involves 4 workshops which will take place online via Zoom, followed by a catch-up session.

The course will be delivered starting 28th April 2022, and repeated in July and Oct 2022, and then in January 2023.  Click on the following link for more information and to sign up to the training:

Thursday evenings (6pm- 8pm) starting 28th April – ending 19th May

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/star-bereavement-peer-support-group-training-the-trainers-4-sessions-registration-294579965607

For more information about the STAR Bereavement Peer Support Programme, please have a look at the website:

www.starsconnecting.com

 

Result of Referendum

Severn Vale Art Trail

The Severn Vale Art Trail is a celebration of local artists and their work. Taking place from Thursday 28th April to Monday 2nd May, at 63 venues across the Severn Vale. The Trail provides the opportunity of viewing original artwork such as paintings, ceramics, jewellery and textiles at 28 different venues. For more details, directions and an easy-to-use interactive map, please check out the website, www.severnvalearttrail.org

Oldbury venues are:

  • Memorial Hall – 10-4pm each day (28th April – 2nd May)
  • St Arilda’s Church – 10-5pm each day (apart from Sunday 10-4pm followed by a church service)

Statutory Revised Timetable

Local Plan Phase 2

Bristol Eye Can Exibition

Sight loss charities create a new service for blind and partially sighted people – the Eye Can exhibition.

Sight Support West of England and partner charity Wiltshire Sight are delighted to announce a new service for the blind and partially sighted community. They will be organising four large ‘Eye Can’ exhibitions in key locations – Bristol, Bath, Salisbury and Swindon. Each exhibition is a free event bringing together many leading sight loss organisations.

The first exhibition will be held in Bristol on the 16th of March between 10 am and 4.30 pm, at the Memorial Stadium. These free public exhibitions are designed to provide an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people, along with their family and friends, to meet national and local product suppliers, opportunity providers and service providers. Each exhibition will have around 30 exhibitors covering a range of interest areas. These include technology, sport and leisure, work and employment, health and wellbeing as well as young people and families. Each Eye Can exhibition will also feature a series of talks covering a wide range of interesting topics related to sight loss. The speakers will vary at each event.

Chief Executive of Sight Support West Mike Silvey said, ‘we believe having a wide range of suppliers and advice on offer under one roof will give our clients an excellent opportunity to see what can be achieved with the right solutions in place.  With all the major suppliers set to be a part of the event, it is not to be missed’.

Sight Support West of England is a charity based in Bristol, and Wiltshire Sight are based in Devizes. They are both dedicated to enhancing the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. There are estimated to be over 53,000 people living with sight loss in the areas covered by both charities (Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset, South Glos and Wiltshire and Swindon). Without the work of charities like Sight Support and Wiltshire Sight, blind and partially sighted people would not have access to vital support which can help them to live fulfilling and independent lives. The services both charities offer are wide and varied and can help people with issues faced daily when living with sight loss. Whether it is a visit to the Resource Centers for technology training, a chat at one of the community hubs to check out the latest daily living aids, or attending one of the charities Coffee & Convo events to meet new friends, Sight Support and Wiltshire Sight have the means to help anyone with sight loss regain or indeed retain independence. The addition of the exhibitions to their range of services means more people than ever can have access to information about how the difficulties of living with sight loss can be addressed.

Sight Support and Wiltshire Sight are very grateful to their headline sponsors for the 2022 Eye Can exhibitions –

 Optelec – ‘Leaders in low vision magnification’,

 Newmedica – Eye Health Clinics and

 Irwin Mitchell – Solicitors

Event sponsor Optelec said  ‘We are very proud to be teaming up with Sight Support for this and future exhibitions. We see it as an amazing way for people to learn about available support and how confidence can be built with the help of all the wonderful services on offer’.

This year’s Bristol Eye Can Exhibition will take place

At: the Memorial Stadium, Bristol, Filton Avenue, Horfield, BS7 0BF.

On: the 16th of March, from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Entry is free, registration is advised to ensure you receive a goody bag.

To book your place or for more information please call Sight Support West of England on 0117 322 4885, or visit our website at www.sightsupportwest.org.uk/services/events-and-exhibitions/

introductory meeting) and they’ll be joined by our friendly Bristol volunteers and some other newbies from North Somerset. We don’t expect any experience of commissioning, just an understanding of their local area and a passion for community action. Could you kindly share the attached Jpeg titled ‘panel member advert’ with any relevant local contacts?

Once we have awarded the first round of funding, I’ll be in touch with you to let you know if any of the funded activities are happening in your area so that you can help spread the word to older people who might like to get involved.

A new survey from Avon Fire & Rescue

Dear Sir/Madam,

As you serve our communities as a part of your Parish Council, we thought you might like to read about our proposals for our latest Service Plan, and encourage local residents to do the same by filling out our online survey, available to all local people to complete.

Our seven-week public consultation on our Service Plan Proposals 2022–25 will run until 18 February.

The Proposals outline our vision for the future of Avon Fire & Rescue Service in preventing, protecting and responding to the fire and rescue related risks and needs of our local communities.

We believe our Service Plan Proposals consider a robust strategic risk profile of our operational area up until 2025, aligned to the changing environment and demanding financial and political climate we continue to face. We need your help! We want the views of our communities and kindly ask you to read our draft proposals and tell us what you think about it by completing a survey.

The online consultation survey, where you can also download and read our Service Plan Proposals 2022–25, can be accessed here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W2VL9LG.  Alternatively, if you need the proposals or consultation in another format please call 0117 926 2061 or email Consultation@avonfire.gov.uk.

Mick Crennell, Chief Fire Officer for AF&RS said: “Avon Fire & Rescue Service exists to serve our local communities and everything we do is aimed at making our area a better place for all who live and work here. We are asking for local people’s views on our proposed commitments to keep our local communities safe and our plans to match our resources to manage, prevent and protect the public from identified risks.

“The proposals and any feedback you provide will then inform our Service Plan, which is our contract with our staff, our partners and the local communities we serve, to the service we’ll work to achieve over the next five years. If you agree with our planning approach and the priorities we’ve outlined, we want to hear from you. If you disagree or feel something has been overlooked, tell us, we want to hear from you.  Have your say on the future of your fire service now.”

Together through the commitments laid out within these proposals, we will continue to work together to make our communities safer and make our Service stronger. 

We welcome your views on our proposals and look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer drivers wanted

Temporary Power Station Road closures

South Gloucestershire - Works4Youth

South Gloucestershire - Free Business Support

Free business training and advice to help your business start, grow and thrive.

Download leaflet here.

CrimeStoppers campaign

CrimeStoppers have announced a new campaign to fight rural crime. Full details can be found at: 

Rural crime | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

A new poster and an accompanying leaflet are now available to download.